watch your step
by Nicholas Vitukevich
Music is a discussion piece. At home, with friends, at work, it is influential and can shape ones point of view of you.
There is no wrong style of music to listen to. It’d be like saying someone’s religion is wrong. I’ve seen Passion of the Christ so I know what I’m talking about; you have your styles and I have mine but let’s dip into what one should be listening to in the work setting. Everyone has a different taste, I learned that when my 75 year old grandpa told me he listened to reggae (it’s like that Shaggy guy, but less mainstream).
Let’s be honest, your boss may like your what you already listen to. He may not. You need to now have a wide variety of music, so dump the Skrillex and take off the Deadmou5 ears. No one’s going to want to listen to a bunch of robot noises with you after a long day at the office.
While rap may be of interest, you may be rethinking the Weezy lyrics you tatted on your rib cage on your 18 th birthday. Let’s branch out just slightly from that.
The early stages - First understand that your boss may be 10, 20, or even 30+ years older than you. You need to talk their lingo. So be familiar with the classics. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. A little bit of everything in there. Know that these were the origins of early rock, and while you may not like them, they helped revolutionize what the music industry is. The Stones might be what your female boss (haha) had on her bedroom wall as a child, and Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) was probably the first song your boss made out to at the end of a school dance. The styles a little more basic, less noisy, but what they loved. Here’s a quick playlist for you to get used to the early stages.
1) Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2) Ramble on – Led Zeppelin
3) Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
4) Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
5) All My Lovin – The Beatles
6) Light My Fire – The Doors
7) Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
8) Another Bring in the Wall – Pink Floyd
9) Touch Me – The Doors
10) Let It Be – The Beatles
The Hair Phase – Now if your boss is below the age of 50 the above probably wasn’t their generation and may not be what they’re used to. They’re probably more in the hair stages, yes, the hair metal phase. When dudes really did look like lady’s and your mother’s dew looked like Mufasa’s main. Realize when someone’s talking about Poison they’re not going to need a hospital and that Brett Michaels was famous before the Rock of Love. But hey, your boss might like it and you might have to too. Aerosmith, Journey, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne – what ever played at your parents wedding is probably part of this. A short playlist for you to know
1) Dream On – Aerosmith
2) Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
3) Ozzy Osbourne – Mamma I’m coming Home
4) Thunderstruck – AC/DC
5) Same Old Song and Dance – Aerosmith
A little more modern – While these may not interest you, try something a little more modern that isn’t exactly a party rock anthem . Your boss may be within your generation, but the age difference may show a music difference. A little bit of soft-rock, alternative and 90′s fun. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Counting Crows, Dave Mathews and Dispatch. With some catchy beats, some memorable lyrics and smooth tunes this might be a little more your style. Here’s a quick playlist for you.
1) Give It Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
2) By the Way – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
3) Hanging Around – Counting Crows
4) Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
5) Flying Horses – Dispatch
6) Elias – Dispatch
7) Ants – Dave Mathews Band
8) Everyday – Dave Mathews Band
9) Yellow – Coldplay
10) The Scientist – Coldplay
If none of this is for you, that’s okay, it doesn’t have to be. There’s tons more music out there, and while Sammy Adams and Mac Miller might be the next Eminem, just know there was a trio of white rappers that fought for their right to party before those three (R.I.P. MCA). While Bieber may be on the top of the Billboards it was MJ that paved the way for him. The genres, artists and styles go on and on.
Just be aware you’re going to get judged if all you have is that house music and robot noises and you might not be getting that promotion if Lil’ Waynes Fireman is what you roll in with every morning.